FIFA World Football Museum (ZH)
While we were in Zurich we decided to visit the FIFA museum. Jean couldn't pass up the opportunity to learn about the fascinating history and development of international football. Guess what? All the family loved it!
I must admit that I wasn’t terribly enthusiastic about this visit but I was really pleasantly surprised.
Since it’s in the centre of town there is no allocated parking but it’s easy to get to on public transport and we were lucky and found a parking space on the street not far away.
It’s a really lavish exhibition full of modern technology and one of the most interactive places we have visited so far. Children who are old enough to read are given a little booklet with exercises and puzzles to complete as they follow the exhibition.
The first floor houses an enormous screen showing images of the world and we had fun looking at the shirts on display and finding those of England, France and Switzerland. The history of the World Cup is very interesting too and we loved seeing an example of a ball used in the early days and how the rules changed since their creation.
The floor above is a very cool space which is really geared towards children with a space for them to draw and display their work, great audio chairs where we could listen to various anthems associated with football and, Jeans favourite, an area where football fans can practice their ball skills. You simply have to register at a machine and it automatically attributes your chosen name to the games afterwards.
There is also a café and a shop accessible from this floor.
The last part of the museum took us through the highlights of each World Cup with interesting facts and information about the winning side and events surrounding it. This was followed by a short film which was very dramatic and we all enjoyed watching it.
Pushchairs aren’t permitted in the museum but they kindly made an exception for Elio in his special chair and helped us get from one floor to another using the a lift for personnel.
This was really a great outing, even for a non-football lover like me.
Parking : No allocated parking but public car parks and street parking
Toilets : Yes
Accessibility : Baby-Carriers recommended - Wheelchair-accessible
Timetable : Tuesday to Sunday :10am - 6pm
50% discount on Tuesday online tickets!
Free entry with Museumspass and Swiss Travel Pass.